Super Bowl XLVII: The Curious Case of the Coin Toss Bet

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJanuary 31, 2013

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  General David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, performs the coin toss before Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Always bet on heads. Or tails.

Either way you go, betting on the Super Bowl coin toss comes down to going with your gut, and LVH Sportsbook predicts that more than $75,000 will be wagered on the opening coin toss of Super Bowl XLVII at their casino alone (via SportingNews).

The current line on either heads or tails is -102, meaning bettors will have to bet $102 in order to win $100.

And while it is an even 50/50 proposition, some interesting trends can be found in the history of the Super Bowl coin toss.

For example:

  • In 46 Super Bowls, the number of times heads and tails has been called is split at an even 23 each.
  • 25 out of the 46 coin tosses have come up heads. 21 have come up tails.
  • The NFC has correctly called the toss 31 times.
  • The AFC has only won the coin toss 15 times.
  • New England winning the coin toss last year snapped a 15-year winning streak of NFC teams winning the flip.


There’s no exact science to it, obviously, but there appears heads has had a bit more overall success so far in the big game.

But hey, go with your gut—grip it and flip it, baby!


Follow me on Twitter @Dr__Carson for more Super Bowl brouhaha.

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